To err is human
to recover from a failed project is divine
Some projects fail, and the aftermath can have a devastating effect on a project manager's career. This article discusses the ways project managers can recover from a failed project, which include conducting a post-mortem, getting over anger issues, and accepting responsibility. It identifies the steps that a project manager can take to fully recover from an unsuccessful effort. It also shows how project managers need to reflect upon what role a client and employer might be playing in a project's missteps. In addition, it states that project managers need to be realistic about their capabilities and the likelihood of failure, and not be so quick to beat themselves up over the occasional blow-up. Accompanying the article is a sidebar citing an example of valuable lessons learned from project failure.